The DSI/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Research Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution, and Sustainable Development (UJ-TRCTI) at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa would like to express our availability to supervise two full-time Honours candidates for 2023. The UJ-TRCTI will provide application motivation support to high-accomplished students. The NRF honours full bursaries cover fees. Bursary holders will join a dynamic research community led by Prof Erika Kraemer-Mbula.

Closing date: 15 November 2022. Click here for advert details


Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Fellows with strong econometric skills

Deadline: 20 June 2022

We are seeking a PDRF with expertise and background in statistical/econometric analysis. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the Chair’s research (e.g. running research projects, publishing in leading peer-review journals, and developing research grants in collaboration with staff members) and operations (e.g. organising seminars and conferences). The successful candidate is also expected to be actively involved in PhD candidate supervision and teaching activities. Projects hosted by the Chair relate to the following areas: Digital Transformation & Inclusion; Green & Just Transitions; Alternative Innovation Practices; and Innovation & Wellbeing.

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Online workshop invite – 

Emerging Technologies in South Africa

A landscape analysis

Date: 30 May 2022

Time: 14:30 – 16:00

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Invitation To Attend Stakeholder Validation Workshop The technological landscape changes over time as improvements or radical new ways of doing things are found. This creates a space for what some term ‘emerging technologies’ – a set of technologies that are novel – to gain momentum. Emerging technologies have the potential to create new economic sectors and impact positively on development goals. These technologies span a range of different types and are not limited to just those that are digital or include high-tech components or are research and development intensive. A landscaping and assessment of existing and future potential emerging technologies, to maximise the positive socio-economic and developmental impacts and mitigate against potential misuses and harms, in South Africa, is essential and will ensure that future action is complementary to existing interventions and are demand-driven. As such, FCDO-Eastern and Southern Africa Research and Innovation Hub engaged the University of Johannesburg’s DSI/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Research Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development (UJ-TRCTI) to analyse and map emerging technology ecosystems in South Africa to gain an in-depth understanding of the landscape and context, enabling factors, risks, opportunities, and early precedents being set on use cases, governance and enabling environment. This is in recognition of the role that South Africa plays as a regional technology leader and their likely ability to be influential in how these technologies are developed and used across Southern Africa. The work conducted included an in-depth literature review, the analysis of a survey dataset of 262 firms in South Africa about their use of several emerging technologies, and over 20 interviews with key informants across academia, government, and the private sector.